This is an invented landscape based on a charcoal sketch (below). In the sketch I started out with abstract black lines and blocks all over and then used white chalk to carve out shapes. Slowly this landscape emerged.
This was started as a rough watercolor – for the first time I used a cool under-painting – mostly with dark Prussian blue except for the sky which was cadmium orange. When I worked into this with the charcoal the most beautiful deep blue emerged. I worked some blue pastel into it, and where I warmed up the grassy reeds area, a really nice warm, rusty green came out (detail below).
The Winter Rain The leveling of the water, its increase, the gathering of many into much: in the cold dusk I stop midway of the creek, listening as it passes downward loud over the rocks, under the sound of the rain striking, nowhere any sound but the water, the dead weedstems soaked with it, the ground soaked, the earth overflowing. And having waded all the way across, I look back and see there on the water the still sky. Wendell Berry, in The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry
I hope you have a good week, filled with joy and contentment.